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What is a Law Clerk?

By February 4, 2008

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Law clerks assist judges in researching legal issues and making informed legal decisions. Contrary to the job title, law clerks perform few clerical duties. Clerkships are available in both federal and state courts and at both the trial and appellate levels. Serving as a law clerk is a great way to obtain insight into the judicial process and a broad exposure to various areas of the law. Judicial clerkships can serve as an excellent stepping stone to a wide variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Do you have what it takes to be a law clerk? If you dislike research and writing then a clerkship is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you relish researching complex legal issues, have excellent academic credentials and want the opportunity to influence judicial decisions and shape legal policy, then you may want to consider a judicial clerkship.

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